Time enough

Seth Emerson ($$) makes a good point about one benefit for Georgia in particular from the SEC’s decision to start the 2020 season three weeks later than originally planned.

It was long assumed that Georgia was one of the programs that would suffer most from not having any spring practice. New offensive coordinator, new quarterback, new starters almost everywhere.

But now, assuming the season does start on Sept. 26, the Bulldogs would have seven weeks of full practices, not to mention more than two months of walk-throughs and other football-related activities.

That’s why, if allowed by rules, Kirby Smart will almost certainly push to go ahead with practice. That doesn’t mean putting on helmets and pads right away. They don’t want to practice too hard and too long and risk injuries. But more time together means more time to install a new offense, and more time to gel.

That pretty much destroys the “no spring practice” ding so many have pushed at Smart’s program.

Between that and the presumed toughening of Florida’s schedule when the conference announces the 10-game format details, that doesn’t leave the Gators’ hopes resting on much more than the Portal Master™’s game day genius, Kyle Trask’s Heisman-worthy season and third and Grantham.  Will that be enough to change the media narrative?

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  1. heyberto

    It’s certainly going to be enough for Florida to make excuses when their season tanks.

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    • Down Island Way

      When the cupcakes fell off the table, not enough time to fuel the champion this and champion that talk anymore…. FU qb will no longer be a Heisman candidate, not enough time to get the #2 guy ready and who knew the FU hc would revert to whispering cause the voices in his head were getting louder, not enough time to seek medical advice…..#FTMF

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  2. Ran A

    Agree… The only thing that can stop UGA from winning the East again is injuries and Covid 19. That is why, if you are Georgia, you put in cleaning and protocol standards that would make the CDC proud and you stick to them.

    By only playing each other; the SEC has the opportunity to put in standards that would be above and beyond what others are doing and by doing so, have a better chance of their players coming down with a minimum amount of cases.

    All you have to do is look at how Major League Baseball is managing this and how the NHL and NBA are handling this. I’m not saying you go into a full fledge bubble; but you get as close to one as you can.

    Home schools should scout out and help ‘protect’ traveling teams by providing recommendations of hotels, where to eat, travel services, you name it. It’s in your own best interest to protect your SEC counter-parts. Try and beat their brains out on Saturday, but protect them like they are family other-wise.

    In other words; you spend as much money as it takes to protect those players and recognize that they are your investment to all of those millions that come in and pay for almost all the other sports that are played.

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  3. Derek

    We haven’t seen a schedule but one would have to assume that the east is a race to a floor of 8 wins and UF will have a harder time getting there and forcing a tie breaker they have to win. If we beat Alabama I don’t see UF getting in even if they beat us. I just don’t see them going 9-1.

    There’s never a guarantee, and we may not even get the games in, but this format improves our chances simply because it will likely not come down to Jax alone.

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    • spur21

      Depending on which teams get added to UF’s plate I can see them losing 3 and possibly 5 . Well at least I can hope 🙂

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      • Derek

        I would think 8-2 is their high water mark. Which means they have to have us lose to someone else and they have to beat us all while navigating an all-sec schedule. Its a not insignificant difference in my view to not have those cupcakes when your roster isn’t comparable.

        Ive always said the reason saban wants 9 games is that it favors him due to the fact that he will always be at 85 studs and his comp (save UGA b/c Kirby) wont.

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Seth does say that it isn’t clear yet that we will get all seven weeks, so let’s not get too excited. It would be great for our guys to get the offense more fully installed without injury, but it would be just the NCAA thing to get in the way of that. Hopefully, they are too busy paying Donald Remy and lobbying to notice right now.

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    • Will (the other one)

      Something that could help a 6-7 weeks of practice option: the sheer number of SEC teams breaking in at least one new coordinator (or new staff). Beyond UGA, you have Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, MissSt, Mizzou, Ole Miss, and SCar. That’s 8 of 14 teams who’d be in favor of more practice time.

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  5. practicaldawg

    Rumor is that the SEC is considering giving UF 6 timeouts per half in Jacksonville to even the playing field.

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  6. Mayor

    I dunno. Does adding Arky and Missy State to the Turds’ schedule make it tougher? Cause that is what’s gonna happen.

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    • mp

      Those are the ones that may be in line for UGA based on next rotations… Would be thrilled if it happened for us

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  7. Gurkha Dawg

    Barring a Carolina like debacle, no way we lose to FU. Even with 4 turnovers I think we would beat them handily. If covid cooperates our only competition this year will be Bama, Clemson, and Ohio State. Sadly the virus doesn’t give a shit and I don’t think we will have the chance to prove how really good we are this year.

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  8. Bigshot

    Why would that make much difference? everybody else will have 3 weeks too.

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    • dawgtired

      I think the idea is that for the teams with new players in key positions and new coaches, they’ll need more time to get acclimated, than the teams with more of the same key personnel from the previous year.

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  9. PTC DAWG

    Tee it up

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  10. UGA '97

    got one…if they get rid of divisional play, uf is toast. they have to prepare for way to declare an SEC champ, in case they cannot have the SEC champ game.

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  11. dawgtired

    If all this falls in place, the doom & gloom could quickly turn exciting. I hate not getting to play those early kick-off games but an all SEC 10 game schedule is a super consolation prize for us fans. The scheduling stacking up in Georgia’s favor would just be icing on the cake.
    I’m assuming Bama will be our 1st game so we’ll need those extra weeks to prepare.

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